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The price was right; timing wasn't so good

The price was right; timing wasn't so good

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The price was right; timing wasn't so good

"Price Is Right" model Manuela Arbelaez accidentally revealed the correct price Thursday while a contestant still had two more chances to guess. "I was in tears. I thought, 'Well, this is it.' I asked the producers, 'Am I going to be fired?'" she said later.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Price Is Right" model Manuela Arbelaez thought she would have to come on down to the unemployment line after she mistakenly revealed the price of a new car on the game show.

The 26-year-old model said in an interview Friday that she lost her train of thought while exposing the answers to "Five Price Tags," a game that involves correctly choosing a vehicle's value among five oversized tags.

Arbelaez accidentally unmasked the correct $21,960 price after the contestant's first pick, even though the participant still had two more chances to guess.

"I just zoned out. I literally did not see that coming. My body took over and reacted before my brain had a chance to stop it," Arbelaez said.

The goof brought Arbelaez to tears and sent "Price Is Right" host Drew Carey into a giggle fit.

"Congratulations, Manuela just gave you a car," Carey told the contestant.

The clip of Arbelaez's unexpected exposure made the social media rounds online after the episode aired Thursday.

Arbelaez joked about her flub on Twitter, but she said Friday that it wasn't a laughing matter for her during production of that episode.

"We took a commercial break, and I was still very overwhelmed," said Arbelaez. "I was in tears. I thought, 'Well, this is it.' I asked the producers, 'Am I going to be fired?' They started laughing and told me of course I wouldn't be fired."

Arbelaez, who has been showcasing prizes on "The Price Is Right" for six years, has been surprised by the attention her blunder has garnered.

"It's been overwhelming, in a good way," Arbelaez said. "I knew I was going to get a couple of tweets and videos with my name tagged on it, but this has gone viral. It's amazing how people reacted. It's been very positive. Everyone has been so nice and supportive."

Arbelaez said she wasn't reprimanded for the error, and $21,960 wasn't deducted from her paycheck. She noted that there have been many model mishaps over the show's 43 seasons.

"There was an occasion when a girl crashed a car into Door 3 and another gave away a trip to Disneyland," Arbelaez recalled. "There have been small things like that over the years, but I think my mistake was the most expensive in the history of the show.

"I guess at some point in our 'Price Is Right' careers, we're all going to make mistakes, and it was my time that day."

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